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What books are you buying in multiple copies for your classes? Do you buy an entire class set or do you get a smaller set of each copy?

We have a basal but it is so dated and I have some money that I want to spend on new books. Any ideas would be appreciated. I tend to prefer newer titles rather than something dated (like a Ramona).

Thank you!


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I'm lucky that my library has a fairly large resource area for multiple copies of guided reading books, but I would recommend a couple of my favorites. My ultimate fav is Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo and her others are good too. I also love Love that Dog by Sharon Creech (she has other great ones too) and Finally, any of Patricia Polacco's books.



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Third Grade Novels

My newest purchase is The Janitor's Boy by Andrew Clements. I searched over the summer for a replacement for The Hundred Dresses and this was the best one I found. I agree with you about dated books. There are a few classics that stand the test of time, but many do not. The Hundred Dresses is well written and teaches a lesson that students still benefit from, but the story and setting are so far removed from life today that my students were turned off by the story. So I read several novels looking for one that taught the same lesson. I hope my students will enjoy this new class novel.

Mine also read Love That Dog. They always enjoy it and then we write some poetry. I think the book really helps boys to feel good about poetry writing.

Our other third grade novels read by all five classes are;
Stone Fox
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Little House in the Big Woods
Helen Keller by Margaret Davidson
Rain Forest(non fiction research guide Magic Tree House)
Afternoon on the Amazon (fiction Magic Tree House)
Space (non fiction research guide Magic Tree House)
Midnight on the Moon(fiction Magic Tree House)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

We have class sets of the books listed above.

Then I have smaller sets for guided reading in my classroom.
Freckle Juice
Chocolate Touch
Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days
Knights of the Kitchen Table
Muggie Maggie
Judy Moody Saves the World
My Daniel
The Whipping Boy
Top Secret by John Reynolds Gardiner
The School Mouse
The Littles
The Shoeshine Girl
The Monster's Ring

Have fun book shopping for you class.


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I got a budget this year for this, so this is what I bought, for author studies/book club groups and for whole class reading:


Author to Study: Roald Dahl
Read Aloud: The BFG
Book Club Groups: The Twits, George’s Marvelous Medicine, The Magic Finger


Author to Study: Beverly Cleary
Read Aloud: Muggy Maggie
Book Club Groups: Ramona Quimby, age 8, Otis Spotford, Henry and the Clubhouse


Author to Study: Mildred D. Taylor
Read aloud: Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry
Book Club Groups: The Friendship, Mississippi Bridge and The Gold Cadillac

Whole class Fiction:
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Artist Unit:

Smart about Art series: Frida Kahlo, Henri Matisse and Mary Cassatt (whole class set of each, we read one book a week)

Shakespeare Unit:
Whole group: Who Was William Shakespeare? by Celeste Manis
Whole group: William Shakespeare and the Globe by Aliki

It does seem a lot of my books are a bit dated... I did by many just this year though!!

I picked them out because we will see the plays of Sadako and The BFG.